The movement of conscientious objectors
Opposing war in Russia
Alexander Belik — human rights activist, lawyer, mediator
and coordinator of the Movement CO
1. What is happening in Ukraine is a war unleashed by Russia.

2. The Movement of conscientious objectors considers Russia's military aggression unacceptable. We call for an immediate end to the war!

3. The Movement of conscientious objectors urges Russian soldiers not to participate in hostilities. Don't become war criminals!

4. The Movement of conscientious objectors calls for all conscripts to refuse to serve in the army: to apply for the alternative civil service, to be released on medical grounds.
Russians refuse to fight in Ukraine
We are collecting cases in google document and regularly update it. It is saved in the Arctic World Archive.
Russians are protesting
detentions in connection with anti-war actions since February 24, 2022, according to OVD-info data
Sasha Skochilenko

On 31 March Skochilenko was arrested for "putting fragments of paper in place of price tags, containing knowingly false information about the use of the Russian armed forces" in a Perekrestok supermarket.
The messages attributed to her included information about Mariupol theatre airstrike on March 16: "The Russian army bombed an art school in Mariupol where about 400 people were hiding from the shelling."
Under the recently introduced Russian fake news laws she faces a sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment if found guilty.

Boris Romanov

On May 11, the court of St. Petersburg took into custody a civil activist and our friend Boris Romanov. Boris is charged for allegedly spreading "fakes" about the Russian army.

The reason for the detention and initiation of a criminal case was a video recording of one of the meetings of the municipal council of the Svetlanovskoye district, where a person who looks like Boris expresses his personal point of view on the events in Ukraine.

Movement of conscious objectors
Movement towards a free world without violence (Mission of MCO)
1. Army is not a prison, military duty is not an imprisonment
2. Alternative civil service
During the period 2015-2018, the MCO collected statistics on 353 sessions of Draft commissions, which considered applications for the replacement of compulsory military service by ACS.

169 (48%) draftees have achieved replacement of military service with ACS,
184 (52%) were denied

This statistic was presented to ECHR (amicus curiae to Dyagilev v. Russia) and to OHCHR
3. CO on medical reasons
4. Militarization of youth
Before being called up for military service, male citizens are trained in the basics of military service in educational institutions as part of the educational program of secondary general education or secondary vocational education.

Training of male citizens in the basics of military service is carried out by pedagogical workers of the specified educational organizations in accordance with federal state educational standards.

Training for male citizens in the basics of military service provides for pre-military service with such citizens.
Article 13 of the Federal Law of 28.03.1998 N 53-ФЗ "On Military Duty and Military Service"
Conscientious objectors from pre-military trainings
5. Queer Draftee

How to support?

IBAN: FI87 8000 1700 7505 41
Organisation: Aseistakieltaytyjaliitto
Bank: Danske Bank
Purpose: donation for MCO
Alexander Belik - coordinator
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